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TECH AND...is a monthly event series where we host thought-leaders from a specific industry and explore new intersections between their field and technology.
In August we are exploring the intersection of music and technology. You’ll hear thought leaders and musicians in the DC scene share how the distribution of songs and albums has been shaped by the internet’s free market, how the relationship between record labels and artists has adjusted to the times, and what the future of music looks like in a digital world.
Why It Matters:
The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). Now, it’s rare to go about a regular day without interacting with tech — whether it’s an alarm app that wakes you up, your Nest Thermostat-regulated apartment, or the software you use at work. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being able to predict the future of tech in various industries has never been more important — both at work and at play.
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Director of Public Affairs,
With nearly 15 years of communications and public affairs experience, Taylor has spent his career developing and executing communications strategies for some of the biggest and best brands, shaping narratives and influencing stakeholders to affect change, drive policy and meet business objectives.
Taylor is currently Director of Public Affairs at Pandora, where he oversees public affairs activities and works to build an environment that furthers the company’s policy objectives, while elevating the brand among regulators and policymakers.
Prior to Pandora he spent nearly two years at Uber as Communications Lead, Eastern North America, where he served as corporate spokesman and crafted communications campaigns focused on sharing the Uber story and advocating the passage of ridesharing legislation.
Taylor spent the previous decade at PR agencies Edelman and Adfero, counseling a variety of clients within the Corporate Communications, Technology and Issues Management practices, including Samsung, Microsoft, Walmart and American Airlines.
Taylor is a North Carolina native who graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s been playing guitar since he was 13 and is a self-proclaimed music nerd.
Chief Financial Officer,
Media Content Manager,
930 Club & I.M.P.
Madelyn is an ardent music lover and avid concert-goer who landed her dream job right out of college. Soon after graduating from American University in 2014 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Marketing, she began working full-time with I.M.P., the independent concert promotions and production company that operates Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Anthem, The Lincoln Theatre, and 9:30 Club. A large part of Madelyn’s current position entails overseeing the venues’ social media accounts and strategies.
Sofar Sounds (or Songs from a Room) is a program where members sign up to be invited to a private concert. The events started in London in March 2009 by Rafe Offer, Rocky Start and Dave Alexander. The lineup for the concert is not disclosed until the event starts, while the location is only announced the day before. The ethos behind this is that highlighting headlining acts encourages people to turn up late and not respect the other performers. All genres are welcome to apply to perform. Local city leaders and their review teams curate the evenings. There are now more than 100 Sofar Sounds gigs each month, many of which are hosted in members’ living rooms. Sofar has communities in more than 200 cities worldwide.
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